Aug. 12

WORD OF THE DAY

fanion [fan-yuh n] (noun) a small flag, originally carried by military brigades, used by soldiers and surveyors as a positional marker.

FILM FACTS

In “Rain Man,” what does Raymond always have for breakfast on Tuesdays?

A. Bacon and eggs

B. Pancakes and maple syrup

C. French toast

D. Hot cereal and boiled eggs

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

5: A lightning bolt generates temperatures five times hotter than those found at the sun’s surface.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Aug. 12, 30: Cleopatra, queen of Egypt and lover of Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, takes her life following the defeat of her forces against Octavian, the future first emperor of Rome.

FAMOUS BIRTHDAY

Movie actor Casey Affleck (44)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“You will never win if you never begin.” - Helen Rowland

TRIVIA ANSWER

B. Pancakes and maple syrup

Aug. 13

WORD OF THE DAY

redivivus [red-uh-vahy-vuh s] (adjective) living again; revived.

FILM FACTS

In “Reservoir Dogs,” who is the undercover cop?

A. Mr. Pink

B. Mr. Orange

C. Mr. White

D. Joe

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

7: Walmart generates $3 million in revenue every seven minutes.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Aug. 13, 1961: Shortly after midnight, East German soldiers begin laying down barbed wire and bricks as a barrier between Soviet-controlled East Berlin and the democratic western section of the city.

FAMOUS BIRTHDAY

TV actor Ray Diaz (34)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Freedom is never given; it is won.” - A. Philip Randolph

TRIVIA ANSWER

B. Mr. Orange

Aug. 14

WORD OF THE DAY

aby [uh-bahy] (verb) to pay the penalty of.

FILM FACTS

Who directed the movie “Rock Star”?

A. Tobe Hooper

B. Steven Spielberg

C. Ron Howard

D. Stephen Herek

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

100: Prior to 1900, prize fights lasted up to 100 rounds.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Aug. 14, 1945: An official announcement of Japan’s unconditional surrender to the Allies, ending World War II, is made public to the Japanese people.

FAMOUS BIRTHDAY

Movie actress Mila Kunis (36)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Laziness may appear attractive, but work gives satisfaction.” - Anne Frank

TRIVIA ANSWER

D. Stephen Herek

Aug. 15

WORD OF THE DAY

nictitate [nik-ti-teyt] (verb) to wink.

FILM FACTS

Which actress plays Michele in “Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion”?

A. Lisa Kudrow

B. Mira Sorvino

C. Janeane Garofalo

D. Jennifer Aniston

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

18: If your skin is laid flat, it will cover an area of 18 square feet.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Aug. 15, 1969: The Woodstock Music Festival opens on a patch of farmland in White Lake, a hamlet in the upstate New York town of Bethel.

FAMOUS BIRTHDAY

Movie actress Jennifer Lawrence (29)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died.” - Erma Bombeck

TRIVIA ANSWER

A. Lisa Kudrow

Aug. 16

WORD OF THE DAY

kerf [kurf] (noun) a cut or incision made by a saw or the like in a piece of wood.

FILM FACTS

In “Rock Star,” what is the name of Chris’ Steel Dragon tribute band?

A. Black Babylon

B. Blood Pollution

C. Wasted Generation

D. Youth Gone Wild

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

17: The speed of a typical raindrop is 17 mph.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Aug. 16, 1984: After close to 30 hours of deliberation, a jury of six men and six women unanimously acquits the former automaker John Z. DeLorean of eight counts of drug trafficking in Los Angeles.

FAMOUS BIRTHDAY

Pop singer Madonna (61)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Hope is but the dream of those who wake.” - Matthew Prior

TRIVIA ANSWER

B. Blood Pollution

Aug. 17

WORD OF THE DAY

scagliola [skal-yoh-luh] (noun) plasterwork imitating marble, granite, or the like.

FILM FACTS

Who plays Mr. Pink in “Reservoir Dogs”?

A. Gary Sinise

B. Tim Roth

C. John Travolta

D. Steve Buscemi

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

8: To have your picture taken by the very first camera, you would have to sit still for eight hours.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Aug. 17, 1998: President Bill Clinton becomes the first sitting president to testify before the Office of Independent Council as the subject of a grand-jury investigation.

FAMOUS BIRTHDAY

Movie actor Robert De Niro (76)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” - Charles R. Swindoll

TRIVIA ANSWER

D. Steve Buscemi

Aug. 18

WORD OF THE DAY

tarlatan [tahr-luh-tn] (noun) a thin, plain-weave, open-mesh cotton fabric finished with stiffening agents and sometimes glazed.

FILM FACTS

In “Rain Man,” who plays Charlie Babbitt?

A. Tom Cruise

B. Dustin Hoffman

C. Gerald Ford

D. Morgan Freeman

(Answer at bottom of column)

NUMBER TO KNOW

115: Approximately 115 tons of ocean salt spray enters the Earth’s atmosphere each second.

THIS DAY IN HISTORY

Aug. 18, 1920: The 19th Amendment to the Constitution, guaranteeing women the right to vote, is ratified by Tennessee, giving it the two-thirds majority of state ratification necessary to make it the law of the land.

FAMOUS BIRTHDAY

TV actor Andy Samberg (41)

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Keep you eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.” - Theodore Roosevelt

TRIVIA ANSWER

A. Tom Cruise